Daumot 163 by Kriki Limited edition of 99
Kriki, born in 1965 at Issy-Les-Moulineaux, lives and works in Paris. In 1984, Kriki founded a group of painters called Nuklé-Art. With the street and the underground as his art school, he was involved in the beginnings of what is now known as ‘‘Street Art’’. Kriki clearly belongs to the generation whose sensibility expresses itself in Free Figurative Art, which he helps to renew. In 1985, Kriki invented a character, “Fuzz”, a half-robot, half-fetish, polymorphous, omnipresent piece, and a true signature of the artist. Its emblematic head would sit on the shoulders of the Daumot 163 robot. Kriki describes: ‘‘My passion for robots and robotics in general has always been there. Robot toys in particular, made of silk-screened metal of the 60s have always fascinated me, and it is what I collect. I have always been amazed, moved even, by the sophisticated manual work and the French know-how, which radiates throughout the world. On site, at the Daum crystal manufacturer, I reconnected somehow with passion to the arts and craft, in which I find myself. Moreover, as a painter, the exploitation of the coloured pigments and their richness, speak to me. This part of liberty in the final interpretation of the alchemy of colours, as well as their intensity, simultaneously retained and returned by the crystal, is why I sought to fusion the material with light in designing the Daumot 163. And if Daumot 163 – and I must admit – is a dream come true, it nevertheless remains that living sign and marker that perpetuates the fusion of contemporary art and the French know-how represented by this Nancy manufacturer, nourished by its many artistic collaborations. I like the idea that a robot, which does not exist in a natural state, embodies technical intelligence, skill, mastery, ingenuity, and even virtuosity that still characterizes the art pieces stamped by Daum today’’.
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